Let me tell you a little bit about myself, my background, and my passion for America. My story consists of three components: growing up, working life, and serving others.
I grew up in California in a Loving Christian Family, where the values of being responsible for you actions mattered, as my family and most families taught both in the homes and schools at that time. I’ve been active in politics since I passed out information during President Eisenhower’s Re Election Campaign in 1956 and have stayed active in politics to one degree or another ever since, especially in AZ where Jean & I have been PCs, State Committeeman and Delegates to the Convention.
My adult working life first began in the steel industry and then in the food industry. I began working in the Food Industry in the 1970’s on the ground floor and rose to become an executive with several food companies in California with clients such as Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Kroger Markets, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Albertson’s among others.
My wife Jean and I also started a property management company and at one point we owned more than 30 properties that included apartments, houses, raw land and commercial buildings in California, Iowa, Idaho and Arizona. We also took an interest in antiques and opened an antique store in Iowa which was a successful business and a property as well, we sold our last rental property in 2011.
My wife and I operated a Christian outreach on Los Angeles’ skid row and on Hollywood Boulevard and a Christian Halfway and Coffee House in Bellflower, Ca.. In time we began an outreach program further south, between Ensanada and Rosarita Beach, Baja California, with a destitute family consisting of a grandmother, two daughters, and five children and over time this small group grew to be a village of over 200, we passed this work over to a Nazarene Missionary in 1987. It’s important to understand that: a) We started and ran these programs using our own money. The government had no involvement and b) To us this was one of the finest ways of being of service to others, and c) we now more than likely wouldn’t be able to do any of this with all the new laws and licenses needed.
I’m now a Candidate for the US Senate and a retired Businessman and Political Radio Talk Show Host at KXXT 1010 A M Phoenix, AZ. I’d been on the air since 2004 as Crossroads with Van in California, Idaho, Florida and Phoenix stations, my programs were also simulcast throughout the world on the Internet, I’ve also written articles, traveled speaking at events and rallies. The format at first was Bible Studies and then moved into politics as his specialty was interviewing politicians, candidates and others covering mostly political issues of the day.
I measure our Constitution against the laws Congress continues passing that have no authority behind them, which is extremely disappointing. I’ve been asked to run for office many times over the yrs., however with my business profession and Christian Outreach believed Jean and I were doing what we needed to do, When I was again approached and asked to run the end May, Jean and I decided that I would run for the U.S. Senate from Arizona in 2016 or as my wife put it to me, “You have a duty”, so we’ll try and see if enough voters want to remove Senator McCain due to his Campaign Rhetoric vs. his Senate Voting Record, like Legal Status, Secure Border, along with Senator Flake and the Gang of Eight in the Senate.
In Closing I believe this Election Cycle is Critical for the Nation as to whether we sink deeper into a Socialistic Nation or Restore Ourselves to a True Republic form of Government. The choices in the race for US Senate are clear, Rhetoric vs. Records Sen. McCain who’s proven to be untrustworthy on Border Issues, Legal Status etc., Rhetoric vs. Records, State Senator Ward who sponsored, amended and voted out of Ward’s Senate committee the amendment to HB 2184, Ward also amended SB 1038 & voted for the Amended SB 1469 taking authority from AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and handing it over to the Governor’s hand picked Board / Czars of Education.
We are a Constitutional Representative Republic based on Judeo-Christian principles, yet are being dictated to by a federal government that seemingly ignores the Constitution at every turn. The solution to the nation’s problems is to Bring the Federal Government into Compliance with the U.S. Constitution, thank you for taking the time to read this statement and hope you’ll join us in our goal.
God Bless You All; Clair Van Steenwyk / AZS’ US Senate Candidate